Alcohol inks are specially formulated, translucent, acid-free inks that are permanent and dry very fast.
These inks are used on a variety of materials that are normally difficult to apply color to, such as plastic, metal, foil, glass, and other slick, non-porous surfaces.
These inks took me totally by surprise. I had been looking for a way to stop painting in high detail, but kept getting sucked back into the detail over and over, even in my more abstract paintings.
But by their very nature, Alcohol Inks don’t allow you to get picky because of the way they act.
Using small squeeze bottles, you put a couple drops on a slick surface and they just voluntarily spread here and there, will-nilly!
You can either allow the inks to spread and blend, or you can use a straw or some other object to blow or trail the ink where you want it.
Or you can use a blending solution to spread the ink around, bumping up against or blending with other previously applied colors.
If you try to paint details, the inks just spread away from your line. If I was a perfectionist, I’d go utterly nutsoid-crazy!
There are artists who use a less slick surface, painting flowers and sunsets and such, but I’m really enjoying the way the inks dictate to me how they want to look.
I hope you enjoy the paintings I’ve done with them as much as I do!
I created a 12" x 12" 120-page coffee-table book with full-color pages of almost all the alcohol ink paintings I did.
If you'd like one of the Special Edition copies I have left, contact me - I only order them one at a time - they are $299.
I know - 299 for a book??? Yep - they cost me a bloody fortune to produce, especially since I only print them one at a time! The paper is thick, rich and holds the color perfectly. It's got a hard cover, and is some of the best quality I've seen yet in art books.
If you'd like a downloadable ebook of the book, contact me - those are only $99.00, and you can cruise it on your ipad or computer.